Welcome to another What I Ate Wednesday.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my training as an artist (surprise! I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in fine art, which you can learn all about here ). For a long time I thought I was actually going to try to make my living as a conceptual artist but the deeper I got into the process, the more sad I felt. The networking, the social climbing, the general successs-based-on-who-you-know, it just didn’t sit right. I’ve felt really far away from the artist I once was, right up until recently. Suddenly, I’ve realized that my work with Super Strength Health needs more video content. So much of reclaiming body image and self- esteem is incredibly beautiful, and I want snippets of film in the world that show that, in the way I used to use my work to show the incredible pain of having an eating disorder. I have plans people, PLANS. Perhaps too many plans, really, but what can you do?
My wheels churned through these thoughts as I slurped up a green smoothie, which makes sense because staring into this thing is like staring into oblivion. What is the meaning of life? I asked my smoothie. “I dunno, dude, you tell me” it responded.
Smoothie was a blend of romaine, avocado, Vega One Vanilla Chai, banana, and a date. It was light, fluffy, and satisfying. Green smoothies, you are the best.
Lunch was some of that zucchini spaghetti and fake meatballs I told y’all about in my last post. This meal, my dudes! I have been super stoked in the kitchen lately, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the contents of this plate. One of the greatest things about being a blogger and a cook is how incredibly well fed I am these days. For years (YEARS!) I ate the exact same things at the exact same time every single day. I owe it to myself and my readers to get a little more creative now, and that’s a responsibility I absolutely love. Did you make this recipe? Did you like it? Tell me all about it.
I’ve been on a taco kick lately! These ones were on sprouted corn tortillas, and filled with smoked jalapeno tofu, kale, red onion, salsa and baba ghannouge. It might have been the post-workout hunger talking but they were the best thing, ever, in all of life.
Please close your eyes and imagine the following snacks: banana + peanut butter and a handful of trailmix. My WIAW posts are all about my meals, and please don’t think you are viewing the entirety of my intake for the day. Because I know these posts can be platforms for people to compare their own meals to, I like to add in little words of discretion. This is what I ate, and what you ate is great too! Get inspired, but don’t feel the need to compare. You’re awesome.
Have a good day!
After a few days of feeling not-all-that-hungry, my appetite came back today- BIG TIME. I had a serious omega-level case of the hungries. Bodies are totally amazing with their varying day-to-day needs. (This is to say, you’re seeing my meals but not my snacks. Snacks are pretty consistently carrots and nut butter, my pre-workout bites, or maybe some chips and salsa. You can go ahead and assume my day was peppered with all of the above. I just don’t find photos of these very exciting!)
Now- on to the foods!
This smoothie was topped with roasted almonds and made with romaine lettuce, peaches, a banana, unsweetened almond milk, celery, peanut butter and some Vega One French Vanilla . Have y’all gotten on the celery-in-your-smoothie-train yet? I swear up and down I thought that sounded disgusting before I tried it and now swear by it. Celery is anti-inflammatory and has been proven to actually help the digestive tract. What can I say? I have IBS- I need all the help I can get.
Lunch was a spin on the taco salad I’ve been freaking out about lately. It was a bed of lettuce, topped with my sun dried tomato basil vinaigrette, home made salsa, tofu scramble, black beans, avocado, and a few tortilla chips. It ruled.
This dinner was directly post workout (I PR’d my front squat, y’all!) and I definitely wanted fast, nourishing, protein rich food. I made Raechel from Rebel Grrl Living’s Pudla topped with peppers, zucchini, and kale (FROM MY GARDEN, WHOOP WHOOP!), salsa, tahini, and crumbled tempeh. It was truly and deeply divine.
For so long I would become so frustrated with my body when it was hungrier than I thought it “should” be. On hungry days like today, its kind of easy to get annoyed at the sheer amount of times I feel the need to eat, but mostly I’m concentrating on how exciting it is to not have a mental list of calculations, “shoulds” and “should nots”.
Eating to fuel the body is cool as hell. I wish all my readers a lifetime of doing just that.
Welcome to another Super Strength Health What I Ate Wednesday!
I am all about the all-liquid breakfast. My day started with a cup of coffee with unsweetened almond milk, warm water with a squeeze of lemon, and then this green smoothie. The mix was a blend of banana, peach, collard greens, 1/2 a scoop of Tropical Tango Vega, almond milk, and coconut water. It was topped with a tahini drizzle and about a 1/2 teaspoon of bee pollen.
I have gotten in the habit of dragging my partner on runs to the farmer’s market and this day was no different. We sprinted for about two miles, stopping half way to do a few stair runs. Once I recovered and stumbled into the far-mar every single thing looked AMAZING. I bought jalapeno smoked tofu, romaine lettuce, carrot, german butterball potatoes, celery, and sauerkraut to make into this amazing salad- topped with apple cider vinegar, tahini, black pepper and nutritional yeast. I also bought a loaf of vegan and gluten free caraway bread and topped it with coconut oil and more of that yeasty stuff. Holy hell. This meal was great.
Before heading off to work with a client I enjoyed some of the finer things in life: local, organic, fresh-as-hell peaches, strawberries, and dates. BOOM. Who needs refined sugar?
I have been on a big salad kick (SUMMER!!!!!!) and once I got home from work I was all about another giant bowl filled with leaves. In addition to more romaine and carrots I added freshly soaked and sprouted chickpeas, grilled green peppers, home made salsa and Beyond Meat’s Beef crumbles. SO delicious. So protein-y. So deeply satisfying.
Throughout the day I also had fruit and nut bites, green tea, and a ton of water. My meals were all mostly prepped and I would guess that I spent less than an hour TOTAL making all of them. Health doesn’t have to be time consuming, I promise!